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Amit Shah launches National Cooperative Database to capture vital information of vast cooperative sector in India

NEW DELHI, MARCH 08, 2024: Union Home Minister and Minister of Cooperation Amit Shah launched the National Cooperative Database (NCD) in the National Capital– an important initiative of the Ministry of Cooperation to fulfill Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of “Sahakar se Samriddhi”. The Minister also released the ‘National Cooperative Database 2023: A Report’.

On the launch of the National Cooperative Database, the Union Minister said: “It is Prime Minister Modi’s character to take bold decisions and take them to their conclusion. He took the decision to create the Ministry of Cooperation. In the last two years, all Primary Agricultural Cooperative Societies (PACS) have become computerized and all the states have accept the PACS model bye-laws”.

Mr Konduru Ravinder Rao, Chairman of NAFSCOB and TSCAB participated in the meeting along others including secretaries, senior officers of the central ministries, departments, additional chief secretaries, principal secretaries of cooperation from states, UTs and RCS, cooperative societies etc. A technical workshop was also organised to brief and enlighten the participants about the use and application of the National Cooperative Database (NCD) and its potential to improve the cooperative landscape in the country.

The data of cooperatives was collected on the National Cooperative Database in a phased manner from the various stakeholders. In the first phase, mapping of about 2.64 lakh primary cooperative societies of three sectors i.e. Primary Agriculture Credit Societies (PACS), Dairy and Fisheries was completed. In the second phase, data of various National Federations, State Federations, State cooperative banks (StCB), District Central Cooperative Banks (DCCBs), Urban Cooperative Banks (UCBs), State Cooperative Agriculture and Rural Development Bank (SCARDB), Primary Cooperative Agriculture and Rural Development Bank (PCARDB), Sugar Cooperative Mills, District Unions and Multi State Cooperative Societies (MSCS) were collected/mapped. In the third phase, data of more than 5.3 lakh primary cooperative societies was mapped from all the remaining other sectors through the office of State/UTs RCS/DRCS offices.

National Cooperative Database is a web-based digital dashboard wherein data of cooperative societies including National/State Federations have been captured. The data of cooperative societies have been entered and validated by States/ UTs nodal officials at RCS/ DRCS offices and data of federations have been provided by various national/state federations. The National Database has collected/mapped information of about 8 lakh cooperatives with collective membership of more than 29 crores spread across various sectors in the country. The information collected from cooperative societies are on various parameters such as their registered name, date, location, number of members, sectoral information, area of operation, economic activities, financial statements, status of audit etc.

National Cooperative Database serves as a crucial tool for efficient communication between the Central Ministry, States/UTs, and Cooperative Societies, benefiting all stakeholders in the cooperative sector. Database provides comprehensive contact details for registered societies, facilitating smooth communication between government entities and these societies.

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